Automatic pool covers are awesome, are convenient, will save you money and can keep you and your family safe! One of the biggest reason people get automatic pool covers is for safety reasons. If the pool cover is installed correctly and is undamaged, it acts as a safety net preventing accidental child and adult drowning. Covers also keep unwanted guest from getting in the pool such as bugs, animals, and the neighborhood menaces. With the increasing trend of staycations, many people will not even consider a swimming pool without a safety cover. Another big reason people go for an automatic pool cover is for the energy savings. When the pool cover is in use, it reduces water evaporation, use of less chlorine, and the need to heat the pool. With today’s energy concerns water conservation is becoming more of a concern. Chlorine also dissipates from the evaporation and sun rays. Keeping the free chlorine in the pool not only makes your pool more efficient and eliminating algae and bacteria but it also reduces having to handle, add, or produce (saltwater pools) the chlorine needed. Covers also keep debris out of the pool and will let the pump and filters run more efficiently. The less unwanted organics and debris in the pool the more efficiently your pool pump, filters, and chemicals will work. Covers will also keep the heat inside the pool requiring less use of the pool heater and work more efficiently than a solar cover. Another big reason people choose to include automatic pool covers is out sheer convenience and cool factor. Most homeowners just want to jump in the pool at no particular time and day without having to clean debris, balance, or wait for the pool to heat up. Also, it looks pretty cool watching the immense pool cover unveil the inviting beauty of the swimming pool!
Some cons of (hidden track) pool covers are the initial cost and that they can compromise the shape of the pool. Pool cover requires a built in concrete housing and lid, the motor, cover and automation controls. Pool cover systems can range from $12,000 to $24,000. Of course with the energy savings, most pool covers will pay for themselves in 6-8 years. For under-mount hidden track pool covers to work properly, swimming pools must be of rectangular shape. This may or may not be a con since some of the most beautiful pools in the world are of rectangular shape.